Sky and Channel 4 have announced the live Grand Prix allocations for 2017 with a different mix for the free-to-air channel compared to last year.
As we have seen for the past five season, Channel 4 and previously the BBC have a pick of half the Formula One races to show live, with the others shown in a highlights package a number of hours later. With 20 rates in 2017 following the withdrawal of Germany, it means that Channel 4 will get to broadcast 10 races live, with Sky broadcasting all of them, ten of them exclusively in the UK.
A few changes to the mix for 2017 has meant that the Monaco Grand Prix has made a comeback, with Channel 4 deciding to drop the preceding Spanish Grand Prix in which last year saw Max Verstappen win his first race. Singapore and the United States also have live coverage on terrestrial, while Hungary, Italy and Mexico will now be shown as highlights.
Predictably they keep the British Grand Prix in July, and the Abu Grand Prix in November, while showing the Middle/Near Asian races live (Russia, Bahrain, Azerbaijan & Abu Dhabi).
Sky will be enhancing its own coverage as well, broadcasting in UltraHD (4K) for the first time via the new SkyQ which will bring a number of enhancements to the platform including side-by-side video.
26 March Australia – Sky only
9 April China – Sky only
16 April Bahrain – Sky + Channel 4
30 April Russia – Sky + Channel 4
14 May Spain – Sky only
28 May Monaco – Sky + Channel 4
11 June Canada – Sky only
25 June Azerbaijan – Sky + Channel 4
9 July Austria – Sky only
16 July Great Britain – Sky + Channel 4
30 July Hungary – Sky only
27 August Belgium – Sky + Channel 4
3 September Italy – Sky only
17 September Singapore – Sky + Channel 4
1 October Malaysia – Sky + Channel 4
8 October Japan – Sky only
22 October USA – Sky + Channel 4
29 October Mexico – Sky only
12 November Brazil – Sky only
26 November Abu Dhabi – Sky + Channel 4